PC floppy cable twists...
Michael B. Brutman
mbbrutman at brutman.com
Thu Oct 20 16:14:48 CDT 2005
For the longest time I was stumped about how to get four drives onto a
PC 5150. The BIOS supports it, but looking at the cable it just
shouldn't work. There was the twist to control drive select and the one
motor line - that's not enough to control four drives.
I started kicking myself really hard when I rememberd that the other two
drives had to go on the external cable, which has it's own motor and
drive select line ...
Still, mapping out the PC floppy cable compared to other systems was
interesting. Even compared to an AT it is different. The AT supports a
high density signal line on a previously unused pin. The other systems
looked like they had independent drive select lines, but as somebody
else pointed out, the motors all ran at the same time.
With all of those pins on the interface, why wouldn't the motors be
independently controlled? That seems like a waste on any system, never
mind the wear and tear on the drives & inserted floppies.
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